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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Darfur and the crisis of governance in Sudan: a critical reader
Editors:Hassan, Salah M.ISNI
Ray, Carina E.
Year:2009
Pages:528
Language:English
City of publisher:Ithaca, NY
Publisher:Cornell University Press
ISBN:0801475945; 9780801475948
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:civil wars
war crimes
offences against human rights
conflict resolution
civil society
governance
centre and periphery
conference papers (form)
2008
Abstract:Composed of essays specially written for this volume as well as key previously published essays, this publication and its sister-conference, 'Darfur and the crisis of governance in Sudan' (Addis Ababa, 22-23 February 2008), address the situation in Darfur and in Sudan more generally. The essays analyse the historical, geopolitical, military, social, environmental and economic roots of the conflict, and reflect on the contemporary realities that shape the experiences of those living in the region. The first part consists of five thematic sections: origins and evolution of the conflict; representations of the war in Darfur; gender, war, and violence; Darfur: law, human rights and prosecution; Sudanese civil society, the State, and the struggle for peace in Darfur. Part two reproduces primary documents and secondary sources which chart critical moments in the history of the war in Darfur and the still unfolding efforts to resolve the conflict. Despite the diversity of their perspectives, the essays by and large lead to the same conclusions. The conflict in Darfur is part and parcel of the larger crisis of governance in Sudan and must therefore be viewed holistically rather than in isolation. Like its predecessor in the South, and long-brewing conflicts in the East, which have all witnessed rebellions against the central government, the war in Darfur must be understood as a derivative of the tension and inequality between the centre and the margin. The onus is on the central government to restructure power and address injustices within a truly democratic structure. Contributing authors: Issam A. Abdel Hafiez, Musa Adam Abdul-Jalil, Abaker Mohamed Abuelbashar, Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf, Eric Kofi Acree, Ali B. Ali-Dinar, Muzoul A.M. Assal, Alex de Waal, Atta El-Battahani, Kamal El-Gizouli, Abdel Monim Elgak, Abdullahi Osman El-Tom, Grant Farred, Adrienne L. Fricke, Fahima A. Hashim, Salah M. Hassan, Amira Khair, Mansour Khalid, Mahmood Mamdani, Carina E. Ray, Karin Willemse, Benaiah Yongo-Bure, Al-Tayib Zain Al-Abdin. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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